HOTEL SPECIAL / HOLIDAY ILLUMINATIONS
Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills
Festive feasts are a hallmark of the holidays, and Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills is preparing hearty dinners perfect for the occasion.
From Dec. 19 to 25, The Tavern — Grill & Lounge is cooking up its annual Festive Dinner, a traditional Christmas meal with a modern touch. The four-course dinner (¥22,000) features turkey ballotine stuffed with foie gras and complimented by sweet, floral Sauternes jelly, while the five-course feast (¥24,000) includes an additional poached Canadian lobster and lobster claw beignet. Delightful desserts such as Christmas pudding and strawberry soup round out the fare.
Overnight guests can enjoy the feast from the comfort of their room when ordered as room service (limited to five rooms per day).
Another returning year-end feast is the Gala Dinner (¥30,000) at the SUSHI. Served with free-flowing Champagne, the luxurious New Year’s Eve dinner features a range of fresh delicacies from the sea, including sushi, sashimi and mini abalone simmered in dashi and konbu (kelp).
Address: 1-23-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
The holiday season is a time of giving, and this year, Grand Hyatt Tokyo is continuing its tradition of charitable events to help make the world a brighter place.
From Nov. 13 to Dec. 25, the hotel is hosting its annual charity program based on the theme “Draw Your Happiness.”
At the hotel lobby, guests can get lost in a white winter wonderland and decorate Christmas trees with charitable ornaments and themed tiles, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Kids Earth Fund. The ornaments (¥500) and tiles (¥1,000) are created by Re Kikou, a nonprofit organization that employs people with disabilities to recycle wine and Champagne corks into new products.
The recycled cork ornaments may be purchased in the hotel and will also be included in charity hampers (¥15,000) available from Dec. 1 to 25 at Fiorentina Pastry Boutique. In addition, the hotel is inviting guests and the local community to spread some cheer by participating in their Instagram campaign by posting photos taken at Grand Hyatt Tokyo with hashtags.
Address: 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
mesm Tokyo, Autograph Collection
This winter, bar & lounge Whisk at mesm Tokyo is infusing its afternoon offerings with flavorful artistry.
From 2 to 4 p.m. through Feb. 28, guests will be able to savor the first iteration of their Afternoon Exhibition (¥3,900), a selection of sweets and drinks inspired by iconic artwork. Taking visual cues from Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory,” the first iteration features three varieties of scones — cheddar and parmesan cheese; tomato and basil; and cranberry — as well as mocktails and an array of scrumptious delights, including a cream roll cake made with cream from Dali’s home community of Catalonia. The set is limited to 15 people per day, so those who wish to experience this exploration of saccharine art will need to make reservations two days in advance.
Visitors can also try the Hula Girl cheesecake (¥1,200), comprised of two layers of rare and baked cheesecake, and topped with a cherry tomato, together with Whisk’s very own minestrone-flavored cocktail Soupstock (¥2,000).
Address: 1-10-30 Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo
The Peninsula Tokyo
The Peninsula Tokyo is hosting an array of activities to celebrate the holiday season and ring in the New Year.
From Dec. 23 to 25, the hotel will hold a Christmas charity dinner concert for three days, where guests can enjoy a four-course meal (¥22,000, ¥29,000 and ¥39,000) while enjoying an orchestra performance by Tokyo Sinfonia.
There will also be a Christmas market from Dec. 3 to 25, where visitors can purchase Christmas treats such as mince pies (¥400) and personalized gingerbread cookies (¥1,500). The open-air market is the perfect place to bring children, who can attend gingerbread decorating classes (¥3,500 per child) on Saturdays and Sundays and receive cookies from Peter The Bear at 5 and 6 p.m. (for 15 minutes each) from Dec. 23 to 25.
On New Year’s Eve at the grill restaurant Peter, guests can get a taste of Peninsula hotels around the world, with a five-course dinner (¥38,000 per person).
Address: 1-8-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo